With eleven performers on two separate stages, this is sure to the be the best Smithtown Blues Festival to date. In addition to live music throughout the day, there will be vendors selling food as well as arts and crafts. Attendees are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers, making it easy to arrive early and spend the day. It is important to note that tents, canopies, and glass containers are prohibited at this event. Tickets are $15 for members of the Smithtown Historical Society and Long Island Blues Society. Non-members can get tickets for $20.
The full lineup can be found on the Smithtown Historical Society event page. Here are just a few highlights that I am looking forward to checking out this year.
This Queens native has been writing original music since she was 12 years old. Her debut album, Ordinary Girl, is anything but ordinary from this extraordinary bilingual performer. A multi-instrument musician, Karen Bella plays the guitar, piano, and ukelele. Her eclectic influences and talent combine to create a beautiful and unique sound.
Rock-N-Roll University (RNRU) has been serving the Long Island music community for over thirty years. RNRU is keeping the love of music alive and teaching music students of all ages on Long Island. The RNRU Masterclass is the cream of the crop and is ready to rock your socks off.
The Johnny Mac Band is a Long Island-based group that has been entertaining crowds since 2012. As winners in the Long Island Blues Society International Blues Challenge Runoff in September, the Band traveled to Memphis to compete in the 32nd Annual International Blues Challenge this past January. They represented Long Island well at the International Blues Challenge, where they played at BB King’s on Beale Street. Their down home blues style is high energy and full of improvisation.
Soulful vocals, edgy percussion, and smooth, bluesy Jazz combine to create something familiar, yet entirely new with the Sky Geralds Stick Trio. Their 2015 debut album, “New York’s My Home” was praised in JazzTimes as “A Pure Joy.” The huge sound exploding from these three talented musicians both surprises and entertains audiences across the NY area. Hear for yourself why Timeout magazine raves, “Sly and company play the Sweetest soul and Funkiest blues.”
This year’s headliners are local favorites, Seven Turns (http://www.seventurns.net/main.html). An eight-piece Allman Brothers Tribute band, Seven Turns has performed with several national acts, including Artemis Pyle from Lynyrd Skynyrd. In the words of Good Times Magazine, “Seven Turns is ‘not just another Allman Brothers cover band.’” Each member in the band has a deep love and admiration for the Allman Brothers, as well as talent in their own right. Allman Brothers fans will not be disappointed.
The 3rd Annual Smithtown Blues Festival is sure to be a day of good tunes and great times. Hope to see you there.